NYC Honorary Street Names
"P" Honorary Streets: The Bronx
P.O. Ronald G. Becker, Jr. Way (Bronx)
Present name:Washington Avenue
Location:At 830 Washington Avenue
Honoree: Ronald Becker (1958-2012) served in the United States Navy and with the New York City Police Department for 20 years. He was assigned to the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx and made more than 50 arrests and was recognized once for Excellent Police Duty and once for Meritorious Police Duty. He died from illnesses he contracted after inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. (Gibson)
Parque De Los Ninos (Bronx)
Location:Existing playground located at the NE corner of Morrison Ave and Watson Ave
Honoree: This playground honors six young people all of whom died between 1986 and 1990 "at the hands of a convicted killer." Annette Rosario, a senior at Herbert H. Lehman H.S.; Shamira Bello, an eighth grader at P.S. 162; Heriberto Marrero, a seventh grader at JHS 123; Nilda Cartagena, a seventh grader at JHS 123; Lisa Rodriguez, a student at Lehman College; and Jessica Guzman,a fifth grader at St. John Vianney School.
Peace Officers Memorial Lane (Bronx)
Present name:Longwood Avenue
Location:Bruckner Boulevard and Southern Boulevard
Honoree: Honors all police officers who have died in the line of duty while serving with the 41st Precinct. (RGPR)
Peggy Braverman Way (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of Matthews Avenue and Astor Avenue
Honoree: Peggy Braverman (1921-2011) was the Deputy County Clerk for the Bronx from 1985 to 1999 and was active in the Pelham Parkway Community for more than four decades.†
Phyllis Bufano Playground (Bronx)
Location:Existing playground at Waterbury Avenue and LaSalle Avenue
Honoree: Phyllis Bufano, a teacher at P.S. 71, dedicated much of her life to improving her community. She was a founding member of the Waterbury-LaSalle Community Organization and served as its president for 6 years. As a parent, she was active in the P.S. 71 PTA, Little League, and a girls softball league. She was also a long-time member of Community Board 10 and chair of its Parks Committee. Ms. Bufano died in May 1992 after a long illness. She was 45.
Phyllis Post Goodman Park (Bronx)
Location:Park at northeast corner of Kappock St and Henry Hudson Parkway.
Honoree: Phyllis Goodman (1932-1995), a teacher and the mother of two daughters, served on her local Community Board for over 25 year and was instrumental in preserving, for educational use, the land that is now the site of John F. Kennedy High School and P.S. 37. She was active with Bronx Court Monitors, helped with Braille transcription at the Lighthouse. She was also active in support organizations for women with cancer, to which she herself succumbed in 1995.
Phyllis Yvonne Reed Plaza (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of Davidson Avenue and West Kingsbridge Road
Honoree: Phyllis Yvonne Reed (1943-2009) was a longtime Bronx activist who founded one of the first black-owned advertising agencies, Dalmatian Enterprises Inc.,
Piccirilli Place (Bronx)
Present name:East 142nd Street
Location:Between Willis Avenue and Brook Avenue
Honoree: The Piccirilli family, parents, six sons and a daughter, immigrated from Tuscany in 1888 and by 1893 had established a home and sculpture studio at 467 E. 142nd Street. Original Piccirilli sculptures include The Maine Monument at Columbus Circle and the Firemanís Memorial on Riverside Drive. They also carved the Library Lions at 42nd St. and the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. The studio closed in 1945, the year three of the brothers died.
Plaza Drive (Bronx)
Present name:Jerome Avenue
Location:Area of the street west of Keltch Memorial Park from Macombs Road to Marcy Place
Honoree: Named for the Plaza Packaging Corp., manufacturers of packaging for the fragrance, cosmetic, and health and beauty industries. At the time of this 1992 naming the company had recently expanded by more than 60,000 SF, demonstrating its long term commitment to the Bronx where more than 80% of its employees lived.
PO John Dí Allara 9/11 Memorial Way (Bronx)
Present name:Northwest corner of Allerton and Bronxwood Avenues
Location:The sign pointing west on Allerton Avenue
Honoree: Police Officer John Dí Allara (1954-2001) was appointed to the NYPD in 1983, joined the ESU in 1987. He was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Police Officer Anthony DiGiovanna Way (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of Arthur Avenue and East 186th Street
Honoree: Anthony DiGiovanna (1965-2011) was a volunteer responder on 9/11 and worked the following 4 months in recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, but returned to the 48th Precinct and was assigned as the Community Affairs Officer until his death.
Police Officer Deon L. Taylor Way (Bronx)
Present name:Simpson Street
Location:Between East 163rd Street and Westchester Avenue
Honoree: Police Officer Deon Taylor (d. 2008) joined the NYPD in 2005, working first in the Transit Bureau and then the narcotics team. He was killed while serving his second military tour with the US Army in Afghanistan.
Police Officer Eric Hernandez Memorial Corner (Bronx)
Location:Southwest corner of East Mosholu Parkway North and Webster Avenue
Honoree: Police Officer Eric Hernandez (1981-2006) was off-duty when he was assaulted by six men at a White Castle restaurant. He was able to subdue one suspect. However, when police arrived on the scene Hernandez was mistakenly shot by another officer while pointing his gun at the suspect.
Police Officer Hilario Serrano Playground (Bronx)
Present name:Castle Hill Playground
Location:A PG on Lafayette Ave. and Turnbull Ave. Between Olmstead (?) Avenue and Castle Hill Avenue
Honoree: As an auxiliary police officer, Hilario (Larry) Serrano (1962-1992) received a medal of honor for helping a woman who had been raped and stabbed. He became a police officer in 1986 and was assigned to the 43rd Pct. In January 1992, while off duty, he was shot and killed in a mugging attempt.
Police Officer Jill Garcia Place (Bronx)
Present name:Cross Bronx Expressway
Location:Between Park Avenue and Washington Avenue
Honoree: Police Officer Jill Garcia (1975-2009), assigned to the 48th Precinct, worked on patrol and as part of the Domestic Violence Unit.† In March 2009, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and died later that year. Jill used her bilingual talents in particular to help those most vulnerable to domestic violence, immigrant women.†
Police Officer Kenneth Mahon Place (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of East 147th Street and Southern Boulevard
Honoree: Officer Kenneth Mahon, a Vietnam veteran, joined the NYPD in 1968. He was he was decorated by the department 36 times, had over 259 arrests and disarmed about 50 people. He was killed in the line of duty in 1974 while trying to apprehend a robbery suspect.
Police Officer Kevin Joseph Gillespie Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of Grand Concourse and East 183rd Street
Honoree: Officer Kevin Gillespie had served with the NYPD for 4 years and was assigned to the Special Operations Division Street Crime Unit. On March 14, 1996, OfficerGillespie was shot and killed by a man he had just pulled over. He and his partner had stopped a BMW which had been car-jacked earlier in the evening. As the two were approaching the vehicle, the men inside opened fire. One bullet struck Officer Gillespie in the shoulder, above his vest. The bullet went straight down his torso striking many organs. (Torres)
Police Officer Manuel (Manny) Vargas Way (Bronx)
Present name:Rhinelander Avenue
Location:Between Eastchester Road and Stillwell Avenue
Honoree: Manny Vargas (1969-2018) was a highly decorated 23-year veteran of the NYPD. He was appointed to the NYPD on February 28, 1994. After graduating, from the Police Academy, he was assigned to the 24th Precinct in Manhattan. He was later transferred to the 49th Precinct in 2006 and worked as a patrol officer until 2013 when he was selected to serve as one of the precinct's Traffic Safety Officers. He died as a result of 9/11 illness from working at Ground Zero. (Gjonaj)
Police Officer Pasquale Venturelli Corner (Bronx)
Location:Corner of City Island Avenue and Carroll Street
Honoree: Pasquale Venturelli (1911-1943) enjoyed hunting, archery and boating. He had a Boston Whaler and used to fish off City Island. He joined the NYC Police department in 1938 and lived the job like a true professional. His life was cut short on a snowy day in 1943, after just 5 years on the job.
Police Officer Sean A. McDonald Memorial Plaza (Bronx)
Present name:East 169th Street
Location:The triangle bounded bounded by Jerome Avenue, Gerard Avenue and East 169th Street.
Honoree: Sean A. McDonald joined the NYPD in 1992 and was assigned to the 44th Precinct. On the evening of March 15, 1994, he was mortally wounded while attempting to arrest two robbers he saw running from a store. He was 26 years old. He was the first uniformed officer of the 44th Precinct to be killed in the line of duty since the establishment of the Precinct in 1888.
Police Officer Vincent Giudice Place (Bronx)
Present name:West 236th Street
Location:Between Kingsbridge Avenue and Broadway.
Honoree: Vincent Giudice, born in 1965, joined the NYPD in 1992 and was assigned to the 50th Precinct. On May 21, 1996, he and his partner responded to a domestic dispute call where, attempted to protect a woman apparantly being attacked. I a struggle with the suspect P.O. Giudice was fatally injured and diedthe next day. In his honor, the NYPD has created The Vincent Giudice Memorial Award for the Prevention of Domestic Violence."
Police Officer Walter E. Weaver Way (Bronx)
Present name:White Plains Road
Location:between East 223rd Street and East 233rd Street
Honoree: Police Officer Walter E. Weaver (b. 1971) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Port Authority Police Officer Dominick Pezzulo Triangle (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of the Hutchinson River Parkway and East Tremont Avenue
Honoree: Port Authority Police Officer Dominick Pezzulo (1965-2011), a Throgs Neck resident, volunteered to assist in the rescue effort at the World Trade Center on 9/11.† He perished while attempting to rescue a colleague in the South Tower.
Private First Class Carlos James Lozada Place (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of Willis Avenue and East 135th Street
Honoree: Carlos James Lozada was born in Puerto Rico and later settled in the Bronx. He joined the United States Army, was sent to Vietnam and was assigned to Co. A, 2nd Battalion, 503 Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade in 1967. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in December 1969, for distinguishing himself in the Battle of Dak To where he was killed in combat. (Arroyo)
PV2 Isaac T. Cortes Way (Bronx)
Present name:Unionport Road
Location:Between Metropolitan Oval and Starling Avenue
Honoree: Private Isaac T. Cortes, a Parkchester resident, received multiple and awards and decorations during his Army service, including the Bronze Star. He was killed on November 27, 2007 when an explosive device detonated in Amerli, Iraq, just north of Baghdad.
Pvt. Buford Brown Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of East 179th Street and Morris Avenue
Honoree: Buford Brown (1924-2012), born in Georgia, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his military service, Mr. Brown returned to civilian life, married and had a family, moving from Harlem to the Bronx in 1966. For the remainder of his life, along with his wife Dorothy, Buford Brown was a community entrepreneur and benefactor, founding and operating multiple businesses and community organizations, including a licensed home daycare center, Jac-ga-Mar Community Improvement Association and Jac-ga-Mar Realty Corporation. The Association participated in community clean-ups, green thumb gardens and community patrols as Bronx neighborhoods were declining. (Cabrera)
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